Hello and welcome to my moth Blog. I now reside in a small village in East Cambridgeshire called Fordham. My Blog's aim is to promote and encourage others to participate in the wonderful hobby that is Moth-trapping.
Moth records are vital for building a picture of our ecosystem around us, as they really are the bottom of the food chain. They are an excellent early indicator of how healthy a habitat is. I openly encourage people to share their findings via social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.
So why do we do it? well for some people it is to get an insight into the world of Moths, for others it is to build a list of species much like 'Twitching' in the Bird world. The reason I do it....you just never know what you might find when you open up that trap! I hope to show what different species inhabit Cambridgeshire and neighbouring counties.
On this Blog you will find up-to-date records and pictures.
I run a trap regularly in my garden and also enjoy doing field trips to various localities over several different counties.
Please also check out the links in the sidebar to the right for other people's Blogs and informative Websites.
Thanks for looking and happy Mothing!


NFY = New Species For The Year
NFG = New Species For The Garden
NEW! = New Species For My Records

Any Species highlighted in RED signifies a totally new species for my records.

If you have any questions or enquiries then please feel free to email me
Contact Email : bensale@rocketmail.com

My Latest Notables and Rarities

Tuesday 21 April 2020

April is tough

Extremely tough lately here under cool clear conditions, and with temperatures dropping to not much more than 3c this morning I expected a blank.
So finding 5 moths of 5 species was better than nout! 
It was nice to pick up a fresher Lunar Marbled Brown, and a Male Shuttle-shaped Dart as opposed to a female that I trapped last Thursday.
There were no new for year species in the trap... but I wasn't giving up.

I was lucky to see a male Adela reamurella dancing crazily in the wind today, it would not settle so a quick video to document the record had to do. Then I went into our summerhouse, turned around and there was a female crawling up the curtain! 

Garden species count for 2020 now upto 60.

5 moths of 5 species to 125w MV Robinson Trap

Catch Report - 20/04/20 - Back Garden - Stevenage - North Herts

Macro Moths

Common Quaker 1

Lunar Marbled Brown 1 
Nut-tree Tussock 1
Purple Thorn 1
Shuttle-shaped Dart 1 

Micro Moths - Daytime

Adela reamurella 2 [NFY]

Adela reamurella

Lunar Marbled Brown

Shuttle-shaped Dart

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